Artwork details

Bagpipe Grid
Papier mache, wood, oil, acrylic, rubber
73,7 x 127 x 61 cm
Meg Cranston

Courtesy of the artist and Meliksetian | Briggs, Los Angeles.


Bagpipe Grid, 2016
Meg Cranston often determines conceptual premises that dictate how she is to create the artwork, for instance through the use of word play or coincidences. For the sculpture series in which Bagpipe Grid appears, Cranston used a computer program that generated random words such as pizza, carburettor and bagpipe, which she then applied as the basis for her sculptures. The combination of a skin-coloured bagpipe, a grid or paper dolls of celebrities results in a surrealistic sequence of associations that have no final resolution. Cranston’s visual word play is reminiscent of the Dadaists’ cut-up technique in which the poet Tristan Tzara, among others, wrote poems by cutting out all the words in a newspaper, and then randomly recombining them. Cranston uses a similar “aesthetic game of chance” in her sculptural explorations, yielding innovative and unexpected results. The technique resembles John Baldessari’s arbitrary use of language in art, and thus merges with the conceptual art tradition of Los Angeles.


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